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DescriptionThis collection looks from a variety of angles at the human body as it resists the determinations of gender, sexuality, socialisation and history. Ranging from classical hermaphrodites, Bruegel's blind faces and Weimar transgender surgery, via Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, state-socialist sport and Proust, to Barbie, Lari Pittman, American Psycho, IVF and video dance, the sixteen essays question the relationship between politics, culture and desire. This richly illustrated book also features the original work of two young photographers and a theatre director.
September 16, 2003
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About the Author
AJAMU self-taught photographer, SM/cultural activist and black queer arts festival producer JONATHAN BIGNELL Senior Lecturer in Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London MÁRTA CSABAI Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Institute of Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest SHERRIL DODDS Lecturer in Dance Studies, University of Surrey FERENC ERÖS Deputy Director and Head of the Department of Social and Cultural Psychology, Research Institute for Psychology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest and Professor of Social Psychology, University of Pécs DAVID FORGACS Professor of Italian, University College London FRANCESCA FROY attended the MA in The Body and Representation, University of Reading, 1995-6 following a degree in Anthropology SANDER L. GILMAN Distinguished Professor of the Libral Arts and Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago and Director of the Humanities Laboratory KARÍN LESNIK-OBERSTEIN Lecturer in English Literature, University of Reading and Deputy Director of the University's Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media (CIRCL) ANNA MCMULLAN Director of the MPhil in Irish Theatre and Film at the School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin MICHELLE MEAGHER completed the MA on The Body and Representation, University of Reading, 1997 LIBORA OATES-INDRUCHOVÁ teaches literary theory and gender studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Pardubice University, Czech Republic VANDA PLAYFORD artist and doctor ANN SCOTT Senior Lecturer, School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London and Deputy Editor, British Journal of Psychotherapy REX STAINTON ROGERS was, until his death in 1999, a Lecturer in Psychology, University of Reading WENDY STAINTON ROGERS Head of the Research School, Open University CAROLYN D. WILLIAMS Lecturer in English, University of Reading